Lessons in Ark-eology

Text: I Samuel 5:1-7:2
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: May 4, 2008

This week we finish the second major section of I Samuel: The Ark Narrative (chapters 4-6). Last week we saw that when Israel tried to use the ark of the covenant as a magic charm in battle, they were soundly defeated by the Philistines and the ark was taken captive. The Philistines supposed that their god Dagon had given them victory over the LORD. The LORD demonstrates, however, that He is still sovereign and that He can take care of His ark and His people. After God creates havoc among the Philistines by destroying Dagon’s statue (a humorous account) and by smiting them with tumors (not funny to them), the Philistines are more eager to get rid of the ark than they had been to capture it in the first place.

One of the most striking lessons of this text is the hardness of heart among the Philistine leaders.They keep propping up and pasting back together their worthless idol Dagon, rather than bowing the knee to the LORD who has demonstrated Himself to be the One True God. Isn’t that what people do in our day as well?


Posted on May 4th, 2008 | Permalink